NBA Rumors: Miami Heat adds Beno Udrih; possibly Devin Harris over Baron Davis

NBA Rumors: Miami Heat adds Beno Udrih; possibly Devin Harris over Baron Davis

The Miami Heat is now in the final phase of its rebuilding process after disappointing seasons following LeBron James’ exit to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and losing Dwyane Wade to the Chicago Bulls.

The Heat is said to have agreed to bring back Beno Udrih to add more depth to its backcourt.

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Beno Udrih averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 assists in 16.3 minutes in 32 games last season before a foot injury prompted him to miss the last two months.

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Erik Spoelstra has made it a point for the team to focus more on defense to bounce back into playoff contention, and while Beno Udrih may give the Heat veteran leadership, coach Spoelstra didn’t go as far as to guarantee him significant playing time.

It’s been a rough time in Miami since losing Dwyane Wade, and right now they are looking into giving more priority on the defensive end. On that note, Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson are expected to be given more playing time.

According to a report by the Sun Sentinel Erik Spoelstra said, “…But we also have a defensive minded young player, which is unique. Josh Richardson is a defensive-minded, versatile, long guard. Justise Winslow came in as a defender.”

“Tyler Johnson is a competitive defender. And now as we build around those guys, we’re looking for two-way basketball players that want to compete at both ends.”

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The Miami Herald reported that Beno Udrih would be a backup to Goran Dragic while having already signed Dion Waters and Wayne Ellington in the off-season.

With 19 players signed, the Heat looks to pursue either of the veterans Baron Davis or Devin Harris.

Baron Davis, 37, is coming back from retirement due to nagging injuries in his right knee. Although his abilities and leadership were never in question at the peak of his career, his current status may be a risk the Heat may not be willing to take.

They may opt to sign Devin Harris instead for economic reasons, and who averaged 7.6 points and 22 rebounds in 20 minutes of action last season with the Dallas Mavericks.

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